ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

12 reviews
5-star:   4
4-star:   6
3-star:   2
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

Weight 4 lb 12 oz
Tent Area 31 sq ft
Vestibule Area 17 sq ft
Sleeps 2

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Reviews

1

At a little over four pounds, the ALPS Mountaineering…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: less than $200

Summary

At a little over four pounds, the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 will scare away all the very weight conscious wimps, but the price, durability, and simplicity of its two-pole system, more than makes up for the weight, as far as I am concerned.

I'd recommend Alps products as a nice alternative to anyone on an REI budget.

Pros

  • Roomy
  • Durable
  • Easy to set up, guy-out
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Heavy at four pounds, but who's counting...

I bought the Zephyr 2, for JMT #13, in 2013. It arrived just a few days before I took off and I didn't spend any time setting it up, but rather just accounted for all the parts and stuffed it into the bottom of my pack. End of day one came fast and hard in the form of an initial three hour hail and rainstorm, in which I played the "oh, it'll just last a few minutes" game.

By the time I realized the weather was really going to stick around I had precious little time to set up the Zephyr, but it went up easy and I spent a long windy, heavy-hailing night in complete comfort. 

The Zephyr is nothing new. There are other two-pole tents out there. I am a big fan of not having to fidget around and tweak things. I can set the Zephyr up in well under five if not three minutes, if need be. I use rocks, branches, trekking poles to guy-out my tent, rather than carry and play around trying to pound stakes into the ground, not to mention worrying about them coming out when the weather gets really raucous.

Rocks don't mess around and the Zephyr can be guy-ed-out nice and tight, with plenty of room under wing to leave whatever outside the tent, nice and dry. But I also like to bring my pack in with me at night and having a two-person tent fits the bill, for this. 

Meanwhile...with my tent all taut and my gear inside and dry, I have plenty of time to watch my partner set up his UL tarp tent, pulling this, pounding this, and ultimately having to leave most of his gear out in the rain, hoping the pack cover keeps it all dry. 

Again, this tent weighs a little more than others that you can spend a lot more money on (or in the case of some "UL Mom & Pop" tents, maybe just the same) but ease of setup is worth a lot more to me than shaving a pound or more. 

One note that's more "your problem" than the tents is in finding that just right spot, be it totally level or with a slight angle. I like my head to be on the uphill end and a few times, with bad judgement, I would end up setting up the high end of the tent at the wrong end, so that my head would be down at the narrow end. Don't do this! At 6'1" I would now and then find myself, or my forehead, constantly brushing the tent. Annoying but absolutely preventable. 

Love the two side doors. Again, lots of tents feature side doors and maybe you've never given it a thought, but having had all my other tents with a single front entrance, two side doors are a luxury, especially if you have two people in the tent. 

I have done many a winter snow trip with a single front-entry, or single side-entry tent and crawling over someone in the middle of the night, to get outside for a pee, is no fun. 

I also found on more than a few rainy nights of rapid setup that having two doors is great when all you can do is toss the fly on before the deluge  or if you just forget to clip them) — having access to the other side of tent is great for clipping the tent to the poles for more room/stability. 

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All in all, for the price and the weight, this is a fine tent, ready to take you through the night for many nights, until you decide that you want to spend a lot more money. 

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice tent review and pic, JMTx13! Thanks for sharing it. Whereabouts is your picture taken?


3 months ago
JMTx13

Alicia, Just did the "Cirque" section of the Sierra HIgh Route . . .and this photo was taken between Marion Lake and Frozen Lake Pass . . . somewhere up there. We did the section in six days and each day had us going over 2-3 passes. Lots of fun.


3 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Looks like a great trip, JMT. I bet you'd have some excellent trip reports if you ever want to share them in our Trip Reports forum: http://www.trailspace.com/forums/trip-reports/


3 months ago
rob5073

Really the weight isn't that bad considering it's a two person tent and the fly extends nearly to the ground. I have a four season tent that weighs as much but it's designed only for one person. Good review.


3 months ago
0

A great tent for the price. Packs down smaller than…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $100 STP

Summary

A great tent for the price. Packs down smaller than my Sierra Designs Electron 2. Slightly narrower near foot, and a little less vestibule space.

Pros

  • Price
  • Packed size

I bought with the deal flyer discount from Sierra Trading Post. A great low cost tent. Used it for the first time beach camping on Fire Island. A freestanding tent is necessary when pitching on sand. You'll also need sand/snow stakes. I used MSR stakes I got at REI. Tent performed great. 

0

Going on my third year with this tent and it has performed…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120 (including footprint)

Summary

Going on my third year with this tent and it has performed better than expected. Great for two people and better if you're solo.

Pros

  • Price
  • Packs small
  • Two door entry
  • Light

Cons

  • None

My son and I recently backpacked a 7-day, 60-mile loop with the Boy Scouts in the Weminuche Wilderness in Colo. We had nice weather along with a few rainy days. Tent performed flawlesly.

The two door vestibule is really nice as we each had our own entry and plenty of space to keep our backpacks.  No crawling over each other to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

On other occasions I used the tent on hot nights living in the SW. The mesh on the entire part of the tent is really nice as well as the heat is not trapped. I also purchased the footprint, great addition to the tent.

I shopped around a long time before I decided on this one. It not as light as the superduper lightweight tents out there, but it was as light as many others in the same weight range. The hundred plus I saved I was able to put towards a light weight sleeping bag.  Got a great deal at Steepandcheap.

The only minor flaw was the small overhang inside the tent to store your personal items. Items kept slipping off.  No big deal, I just put my watch, glasses, etc. in my shoe. 

Eitherway, great buy and I would definetly recommend. 

0

This is a great tent for its price. Fairly lightweight…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $140

Summary

This is a great tent for its price. Fairly lightweight and packable, but compared to other two-person tents it isn't very roomy inside. Additionally, when the wind starts blowing expect some water to blow under the vestibule and into the tent.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Packable
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Small interior
  • Rain fly is not large enough
  • No footprint

Setup: The tent is fairly easy to set up once you've practiced at least once. Goes much quicker with two people. Not a fast pitch design. Footprint is not included

Stability: There is a small air vent that requires its own line and stake. If you get lazy and don't stake this air vent open then it will flap all night (annoying). Beyond that, however, the entire fly is very taught and stays quiet in the wind — tent feels secure. 

Weather Resistance: I've only used it in the rain once so far, and it kept water out (except the rain fly isn't large enough so water can blow up and under the fly)

Room & Storage: The tent is pretty small for a 2-person tent. Luckily I mostly use this with my wife, so we are okay being that close, but I'd hate being crammed in this tent with a stranger. The vestibules are not large enough. 

Packability: Not only does the tent pack up small, it's easy to get in its stuff sack, so you don't spend hours cleaning up camp. 

Ashleigh MODERATOR

Welcome to Trailspace, Josh! Thanks for the review.


4 months ago
0

For Scouts, it's the lightest double-wall tent I found…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $105 through their program for Scout troops

Summary

For Scouts, it's the lightest double-wall tent I found in its price range.

Pros

  • Lightweight for design and price
  • Lots of ventilation
  • Two doors, each with a vestibule

Setup:  It's very easy to set up and free-standing. Two long poles crisscross over the middle and a small pole helps spread the roof. The biggest inconvenience are the sleeves at the top of the tent. The rest attaches with clips. The fly buckles to the tent with adjustable straps. A minimum of two stakes are necessary to create the vestibules with the fly. 

Stability: The tent pitches tautly and is stable in the wind. I haven't used it snow or heavy rain. 

Weather Resistance: I've only used it in light rain and haven't had an issue. Seams are taped. The top of the roof appears to create a flat triangle, I don't know if it would gather water in a storm. 

Ventilation: The walls are entirely mesh. The fly also has a vent with a stiff velcro bar to keep it open on one side and a mesh panel near the head with a flap to keep out the rain. 

Room and Storage:  The tent is designed for two people. There is room for two people to lie down and sit up.  When sharing the tent with someone on a 25" wide air mat, there was a little overlap over my 20" wide foam mat. Each vestibule is big enough for a pack and shoes or boots. There is a small plastic window in each door to see out. 

Packability: I felt that the tent packed relatively small. It is a double-wall tent with poles and weighs under 5 pounds. I haven't weighed or measured the packed tent.

Construction and Durability:  It feels well made, though I've only slept in it for six nights. 

Conditions: I bought it a year ago and have used it on five different occasions in the spring and summer. I haven't used it in heavy rain or other bad weather. 

0

Great tent for moderate to warm weather. This is a…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100

Summary

Great tent for moderate to warm weather.

Pros

  • Strong, durable
  • Very vented
  • Quick setup

This is a great tent for summer camping/backpacking.

I have taken this tent on a couple of weekend backpacking trips and it fits in my pack with all the rest of my gear.

I have used it just for me, and have had a tent mate, and there was still sufficient space for both of us.

It breathes really well, which is great in the heat, but is essentially a 60 degree + outdoor temperature tent. If it gets much cooler outside you would want something with a little less ventilation.

It is very easy to set up. Normally I do it by myself and don't struggle at all getting it set up, and it only takes a couple minutes alone.  

Last year we were out camping when a HUGE storm hit (lots of wind and rain) and this tent stayed up, with no bent poles.

I am VERY happy with this purchase after a couple years of use.

0

I like this tent, not ultralight but reasonable weight…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100

Summary

I like this tent, not ultralight but reasonable weight for the price.

Pros

  • Aluminum poles
  • Roomy
  • Vestibules are large
  • Window is nice feature
  • Well vented
  • Easy to set up
  • Hasn't leaked
  • Well made

Cons

  • Little heavy

I have used this tent a few times so far, and have had nothing but good experiences.  It fits myself, my girlfriend and my 70 lb dog no problem. The walls are pretty straight up, so you don't have to worry about your face being in the tent side like some standard dome tents.

It's well made, especially for the price. Cool looking tent with a ton of vestibule space. Very well vented. It's a little heavier than other 2p backpacking tents but it's made very well and is quite roomy, I would recommend it.

0

Good small lightweight tent. Perfect for any outing.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $75

Summary

Good small lightweight tent. Perfect for any outing.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to setup
  • Great ventilation

Cons

  • Packs a bit big for backpacking

I bought this tent for a backpacking trip last year and it delivered. Had great ventilation and was just big enough for me, my wife, and our 2 beagles to all sleep comfortably.

We had traversed 21 miles on day 1 of our trip and by the time we decided to setup camp, it was dark and we were scrambling to get setup.  This tent took no time to throw up even in the dark with virtually no light.

We were happy with our purchase and would certainly reccommend it to others. 

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Hard to find much to complain about here given the…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80

Summary

Hard to find much to complain about here given the price. Excellent bang for your buck.

Pros

  • Easy to pitch
  • reasonably light
  • quality construction

Cons

  • Tight squeeze for 2 large adults

Really happy with the Zephyr 2. My other tent is a larger Big Agnes and I would say that the quality is actually close to comparable between the two, though the Alps Mountaineering tents are much less expensive — quite impressed with the bang for buck here.

Wanted something light enough to pack and carry by myself when tenting solo for a day or two, but big enough for me and my son, and this fit the bill. However, I'm 6'2" and wouldn't want to spend a night in the Zephyr 2 with another adult unless I'm married to her, as things would be pretty cozy with two grown ups.

This fits easily into my large daypack (32L), making it a great option for quick and light trips in addition to longer outings. There may be lighter tents out there but you pay big bucks for the relatively small weight difference — I'll take the few extra ounces and save the difference, thank you very much.

The mesh design makes it most useful in fairly mild temperatures. Footprint is not included but I made my own from an inexpensive tarp.  Setup is easy for one person to do following the intuitive lead of the color coded poles and clips. 

There are convenient storage pockets included inside the tent, and the rain fly provides two decently-sized vestibules that take advantage of the double-door design. Have had no issues with leaks or condensation. 

All in all I give the Zephyr 2 a big thumbs up: quality to challenge the more expensive brands, light enough to use solo, easy set up. Great tent for the price.

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I owned a Zephyr 1 and was quite pleased with it,…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: three-season freestanding
Sleeps: 2
Price Paid: $99

I owned a Zephyr 1 and was quite pleased with it, despite some bad experience with the company's attitude towards a non-US customer. (see my review of the Zephyr 1.0) I wanted something with a little more space for me and my GF, so when I saw the Zephyr 2 on sale at STP, I grabbed it.

First time I used it, we were caught in a heavy shower, and immediately the fly started leaking in a few areas.

Firstly, the seam between the zip of the vestibule and the fly was not tapped. There was no point taping it either, since the fabric part of the zip is not waterproof. The slanting design of the door meant that the top of the zip hangs above the side of the base of the tent. Water started seeping through the seam and dripped through the mesh and onto the floor.

Secondly, there is a ventilation mesh on flysheet in the front of the tent. Again, the seam is not tapped and leaked.

Thirdly, there was no attachment point on the bottom of the flysheet at the back, nor an extra short guyrope to pull the flysheet away from the tent body. Water started soaking through the flysheet, onto the mesh, and into the tent. The waterproof rating of the fly was not very high in the first place, so it's very important to keep the fly off the tent body.

So my gf was frantically trying to dry out the tent from the inside, while I decided to brave the rain with my rain jacket on.

To the tent's merit, the ground it was on was waterlogged. The water was at least an inch above the ground, but somehow only seeped through the floor very slightly.

Luckily the rain only lasted half an hour, after that we dried out the tent as best as we could and had a relatively dry and peaceful night.

I studied the flysheet, and the only way to tape the leaking seams is on the outside, which means the seam will be exposed to sun and probably will not last as long.

So to me the tent is a mixed bag. On one hand, no where else can you find such value for money in a tent, and the light weight and spaciousness of the tent really appeals to me. But the few flaws just makes it hard to swallow.

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I spent months looking for a backpacking tent that…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season freestanding
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: cake
Weight: 4lb8oz
Price Paid: $77 @ STP!

I spent months looking for a backpacking tent that could give me some extra space for solo trips but also suffice for Father-son trips as well. A scout leader had told me about Alps Mtnrg. Got it online as a Zenith (same but slight color difference).

I have friends w/ MH, NF, BA's, and they were so impressed with the value of this baby - they couldn't believe that quality for the price. It breathes so well and is loaded with features - pockets, windows w/ adjustable visors, gear loft, etc. The serious, weatherproof fly turns this cool cat into a great 3 season tent, 4 w/ the right bag.

Plenty of room for me (6'2") with negligible weight penalty vs. a solo tent. It's a little cozy for 2 adults, but that's a plus when camping w/ my bride. Only takes a couple of minutes to put up, and despite it's all-mesh construction, has never leaked in water even under frightening rain conditions(great buckle-in fly).

The best value in its class, backed by a helpful, committed company. Don't pass it up!

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This tent cannot be beat for the money. Lightweight...check.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: three-season freestanding wedge
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 4.8
Price Paid: $115

This tent cannot be beat for the money.

Lightweight...check.
Two doors and two vestibules...check.
Full length fly...check.
Waterproof...check.

You could easily spend another $200 and save a whopping 5-6 ounces.

Some people just cannot get over the name on the label.

I will dock it slightly for the roof design which creats a flat spot if you are not careful where water can pool.

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